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Quiet Lighting at Public Works [Sarah Page]

Quiet Lighting at Public Works [Sarah Page]

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Sarah Page reflects on Quiet Lightning 2.o, held on Jan 3 2011 at Public Works. You can read more at htttp://qlightning.wordpress.com and at litseen.com.
Sarah Page reflects on Quiet Lightning 2.o, held on Jan 3 2011 at Public Works. You can read more at htttp://qlightning.wordpress.com and at litseen.com.

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Published by: Quiet Lightning on Jan 05, 2011
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Quiet Lighting at Public Works
 As a poet and publisher of poetry and short stories, I have been tomany of the reading series in San Francisco, particularly poetry-centered readings and open mics. I went to Michelle Tea's monthlyevent when Diane di Prima read a few months ago, and have been toother series such as Anger Management, the Tenderloin ReadingSeries, and Literary Death Match. And, I must say,Quiet Lightning really raises the bar for literature as public work—so I found it fittingthat the latest installment was held at a place called Public Works. Thevenue itself seems like a garage where you might see some hardcorebands play … until you get into the fantastically refurbished upstairsbar and stage area. Hardwood floors, a well-stocked bar, turntables,ambient lighting—a lovely setting for literaristas, even if the seatingwas limited.An impressive crowd of about 150 people gathered for the January2011edition of the QL series, yes that's right 150 people, and no I don'tthink many (if any) other series in the city pulls crowds that big. Otherseries would be hard pressed to boast as respectful a crowd of listeners as QL draws—these are smart people that attend these showsand they like to interact with and compliment the performers. Andwhat of these performers? This edition, like others, featured an array of male and female writers of both poetry and prose and of varying agesand backgrounds. Prose read live tends to fall flat, but not so at Quiet Lightning, wherethe majority of pieces are short stories. I think this can be attributed tothe good judgment of the series' coordinators and hosts, Evan Karpand Rajshree Chauhan, who choose pieces they know will sound welllive and hold the interest of a large crowd.How about a brief synopsis of the evening, highlighting some of theperformers? I'd go into more detail but I am a busy person myself and,anyway, I think you really need to attend the series if you areinterested and find out for yourself what all the fuss is about! You canalso purchase a copy of sPARKLE & bLINK , the book series Evan andRajshree produce before each event, which contains the pieces to beread that evening.Here is a brief synopsis: the reading started out like peace on earth,but one without the sickening sentimentality of Christmas songs, withSiamak Vossoughi reading a piece about playing baseball as a foreignchild growing up in America. It was a charming and poetic short storyabout how we borrow things from the culture around us and how,

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